Electronics+Navigations

The free app is available from iTunes and includes high-quality world charts, route management, wind GRIB downloads and ActiveCaptain integration. Routes, tracks and waypoints can be wirelessly transferred between your iPhone, iPad and Wi-Fi-enabled chartplotter.
A day on the water revolves around wind, and there’s nothing more appealing than knowing where the next breeze will come from. Many weather apps provide current conditions, but PredictWind offers accurate and reliable wind forecasts.
Raymarine’s new iTC-5 instrument transducer converter and i70 multifunction instruments let you bring the latest digital instrument technology to your boat without the hassle of changing out your analog transducers.

A Compact and Powerful Beacon

by Adam Cort, Posted February 1, 2013
The McMurdo Fast Find 220 personal locator beacon measures just over 4in long and weighs less than 6 ounces, but is still waterproof to a depth of 30 feet and transmits for a minimum of 24 hours in a distress situation.
Designed specifically for mounting atop masts in the interest of maximizing range, Shakespeare Galaxy Style 5440 and 5445 stainless steel, low-profile VHF marine band antennas are lightweight and easy to mount.
“Wish you were here…” Postagram, an app from Sincerely, is an easy way to send postcards right from your smartphone. This free app uploads photos from your phone, Instagram or Facebook, prints them as high-quality glossy photo postcards.
Lowrance has expanded its HDS Gen2 range to include the new wide-format, touchscreen HDS Gen2 Touch line. Available in 7-, 9- and 12-inch screen sizes, the units not only serve as powerful chartplotters, but can be integrated with Lowrance Broadband Radar.
For sailors who rely on smartphones, a good weather forecasting app is essential. Intellicast Boating for iPhone and iPad by Weather Services International (WSI) claims to be “the most technically advanced site-specific weather forecasting system in the world today,” and I tend to agree.

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

by Adam Cort, Posted December 4, 2012
Think your sailing sweetheart, your old man or your competitive kid has everything they need and more for getting out on the water? The editors at SAIL come to your rescue with practical, fun and stylish new items the helmsperson in your life won't be able to resist.
Not every sailor wants or needs a large-screen chartplotter mounted on a binnacle or bulkhead, and for these sailors there is now a wide range of smaller, much less expensive digital charting alternatives.
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